Thirteen countries have death penalty for apostasy — all are Muslim

This is a very telling report on what constitutes normative Islam, contradicting the inaccuracies that ill-informed and agenda-driven folk continue to spread. In normative Islam, challenging or criticizing Islamic texts renders you worthy of death. These countries demonstrate a clear awareness of that fact.

“The countries where apostasy is punishable by death”, by Louis Dore, Independent, May 7, 2017:

Thirteen countries, all of a Muslim majority, punish apostasy (the renunciation of a particular religion), or blasphemy with death.

The annual Freedom of Thought report by the International Humanist and Ethical Union, found that 13 countries impose capital punishment upon people simply for their beliefs, or lack of them.

Afghanistan, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates and Yemen are the relevant countries.

All of these countries, except Pakistan, allow for capital punishment against apostasy, while Pakistan imposes the death penalty for blasphemy – including a disbelief in God.

Among the best-ranked countries in the report, which received a “free and equal” rating, were Jamaica, Uruguay, Japan, Taiwan…..


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Alarming rise in acid attacks against Iranian women who are not properly veiled

Women who are not properly veiled: an outrage, a provocation. Dousing women with acid for being not properly veiled: pleasing to Allah.

“Alarming rates of acid attacks in Iran back on the rise,” Al Arabiya, March 20, 2017:

After almost a year of calm, spraying people with burning acid has returned in Iran where a family of four has been attacked on Saturday in Sharada, within Isfahan province, Iran’s top tourist destination.

Last month, unidentified people also attacked two women in Maashour, within the Ahwaz province, according to Iranian news agencies.

Isfahan’s Investigative Police Chief Sitar Khasraoui said in press statement that the families were taken to the hospital to treat the burns. The family consists of the father, 53, the mother, 48, the son, 23, and the daughter, 20. Both parents are said to be in critical condition….

Reports on social networks have claimed that the victims were doused on the face and body because they were not properly veiled. They were targeted by assailants on motorcycles.


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Meanwhile, most Western authorities continue to insist that the Islamic State and its activities have nothing whatsoever to do with that religion. How to figure out what is really happening? One could simply study Islamic texts and teachings and discover what they say, but that would be “Islamophobic.”

This boy quotes his father saying, “Meanwhile, learn the sharia, fear God and educate Muslims.” Then he himself says: “My message to the infidels is: ‘I am Saladin el Turkistani. I migrated to the blessed caliphate to stop people from working for tyrants, to work for God instead. There’s no one beside Allah. We’re here only to support this religion. We’re the Cubs of the Caliphate. We won’t sleep, or stand erect, until we see the flag of our prophet (PBUH) in all of Allah’s lands.’”

Not only does that statement have everything to do with Islam, reflecting Islamic teaching about the necessity to wage jihad in order to establish the Sharia, but it doesn’t have to do with anything else. It reveals how wrongheaded mainstream Western analysis of the jihad terror threat really is.

“‘We won’t sleep until we see the flag of our prophet in all of Allah’s lands’: Horrific ISIS video shows child jihadi tell the story of how he was groomed – before he shoots a man in the head,” by Kelly Mclaughlin, Mailonline, February 21, 2017:

A young member of ISIS’s child soldier group the ‘Cubs of the Caliphate’ tells how he was groomed into the extremist organisation in a sickening new propaganda video.

The young boy says his father told him he would take him to a military camp if he ‘studied hard’, in the video titled The Story of Saladin.

The clip then shows the young boy cornering a man into a small room and brutally shooting him in the head.

Saladin in seen at the beginning of the video with a cast on his arm, watering plants and tending to a small garden.

‘It was the last time I spoke with my father, God rest his soul,’ Saladin says in the video. ‘Two hours before he brought me to a military camp he told me: “You plant a tree like this. Then you must be patient. Meanwhile, learn the sharia, fear God and educate Muslims.”

‘Before my father was killed, which happened in battle or just before a battle, he told me: “If you study hard I’ll take you to an army camp during your vacation.”

‘My message to the infidels is: “I am Saladin el Turkistani. I migrated to the blessed caliphate to stop people from working for tyrants, to work for God instead.

‘”There’s no one beside Allah. We’re here only to support this religion. We’re the Cubs of the Caliphate. We won’t sleep, or stand erect, until we see the flag of our prophet (PBUH) in all of Allah’s lands.”‘…


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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on Jihad Watch.

Iranian posters threaten women with hellfire for not wearing hijab

Where are the feminists decrying this “slut-shaming”?

Behind this threat of hellfire is the ever-present threat of being brutalized or even killed for not wearing the hijab. What do feminists have to say about Aqsa Parvez, whose Muslim father choked her to death with her hijab after she refused to wear it? Or Aqsa and Amina Muse Ali, a Christian woman in Somalia whom Muslims murdered because she wasn’t wearing a hijab? Or the 40 women who were murdered in Iraq in 2007 for not wearing the hijab; or Alya Al-Safar, whose Muslim cousin threatened to kill her and harm her family because she stopped wearing the hijab in Britain; or Amira Osman Hamid, who faced whipping in Sudan for refusing to wear the hijab; or the Egyptian girl, also named Amira, who committed suicide after being brutalized for her family for refusing to wear the hijab; or the Muslim and non-Muslim teachers at the Islamic College of South Australia who were told that they had to wear the hijab or be fired; or the women in Chechnya whom police shot with paintballs because they weren’t wearing hijab; or the women also in Chechnya who were threatened by men with automatic rifles for not wearing hijab; or the elementary school teachers in Tunisia who were threatened with death for not wearing hijab; or the Syrian schoolgirls who were forbidden to go to school unless they wore hijab; or the women in Gaza whom Hamas has forced to wear hijab; or the women in Iran who protested against the regime by daring to take off their legally-required hijab; or the women in London whom Muslim thugs threatened to murder if they didn’t wear hijab; or the anonymous young Muslim woman who doffed her hijab outside her home and started living a double life in fear of her parents; or the fifteen girls in Saudi Arabia who were killed when the religious police wouldn’t let them leave their burning school building because they had taken off their hijabs in their all-female environment; or all the other women and girls who have been killed or threatened, or who live in fear for daring not to wear the hijab?

Who is standing in solidarity with them? Who speaks for them? No one. No one at all.

Article in Urdu here.


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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on Jihad Watch.

Israeli minister: ‘Thank God that Obama is finishing his term’

Free people and foes of jihad the world over nod in agreement.

“Israeli minister: Thank God Obama is leaving office,” Jerusalem Post, January 1, 2017:

Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev has made public her pleasure that US President Barack Obama is soon leaving office.

In an interview with Army Radio on Sunday, Regev said “thank God that Obama is finishing his term.”

“In Obama’s world view we have moved closer to peace, but during his term we have just gotten further from it,” she said, adding that “there have been more and more terror attacks in Berlin, Orlando and yesterday in Turkey, what does any of this have to do with the [Israeli] settlements?”

“It just cannot be the case that this is the way the President of the United States, who thank God is finishing his term, treats the State of Israel, as the weak link in the Middle East,” she stated. (Obama urges Israel end occupation and Palestinians accept Israel)

Regev’s comments came more than a week after Obama administration provoked the Israeli government’s fury by failing to block the passage of an anti-settlement resolution in the UN Security Council….


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Iranian Officials: ‘Sterilize Homeless Women’

The highest female adviser to President Rouhani as well as a number of other officials have suggested sterilization ‘to put an end to social catastrophes.’

Iranian media outlets lashed out against Shahindokht Molaverdi, assistant to the Iranian president Hassan Rouhani for women and family affairs, for suggesting that homeless women who are currently living in graveyards should be sterilized.

Molaverdi’s position is regarded as the top advocate for women in Iran.

Her suggestion came after the media exposed a story about 100 poor homeless people who live in south Teheran and have made graves their homes (the graves provide shelter from the cold and rain).

Homeless people living in Tehran's graveyards

Homeless people living in Tehran’s graveyards.

According to the newspaper Vatan-e Emrooz, the recommendation also came from a number of officials in the Tehran province and representatives of the parliamentary health committee.

The proposal was also brought up in meetings held in the Health ministry, where the possibility of sterilizing women who have been discarded by society to prevent them increasing the number of homeless people was discussed.

The Ilna news agency also quoted Sayawoosh Shaharayoor, head of the social and cultural affairs committee in south Tehran as saying, “We need to convince the poor homeless women who live in graveyards and on the streets in order to put an end to social catastrophes.”

Homeless people living in Tehran's graveyards

Homeless man living in Tehran’s graveyards

Last week, a local council in south Tehran ordered the police to throw out all the homeless living in the Nasir Abad graveyard. Yet, instead of finding shelter for them, they were merely put on the streets.

According to a report by the government newspaper Shahrawand, 300 homeless people (men, women and children) lived in these graves — between one to four people per grave.

The Mayor of Tehran, Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, said in October that more than 15,000 poor and homeless residents in Tehran live in cardboard boxes on the streets, including 3,000 women.


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Islamic Republic of Iran arrests at least 25 Christians

One might be forgiven for suspecting that the Islamic Republic of Iran isn’t quite as “moderate” as Ben Rhodes would have us believe.


“Iran: At least 25 Christian citizens were arrested in Kerman,” NCRI, September 28, 2016 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

NCRI – Monday, September 27, security forces arrested at least 25 Christians in Southern City of Kerman and transferred them to an unknown location.

The human rights websites in Iran reported, security guards, raided the homes of Christian citizens, searched the houses and confiscated the belongings and at least 25 people were arrested.

There has been no information about the reason of arrests and whereabouts of these citizens so far.


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Iran Forbids Women From Riding Bicycles

Rivaling Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving, the ban says the activity exposes the society to corruption and is against women’s chastity.

Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel…the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.” – Feminist icon Susan B. Anthony, 1896.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a fatwa prohibiting women from riding bicycles in public.

Speaking to state media, Khamenei said, “Riding a bicycle often attracts the attention of men and exposes the society to corruption, and thus contravenes women’s chastity, and it must be abandoned.”

Reaction was swift and to the point by women protesting the latest setback to their freedom in the Islamic Republic.

The hashtag #Iranianwomenlovecycling was initiated on social media and women began posting pictures of themselves
From the Facebook Page ‘My Stealthy Freedom’
riding bikes on the Facebook page “My Stealthy Freedom,” a site initially created for Iranian women to post pictures of themselves outside without the obligatory hijab.


From the Facebook Page ‘My Stealthy Freedom’.

One mother and daughter rented bicycles as soon as they heard about the fatwa and videoed themselves riding around Kish Island. “Bicycle riding is part of our lives,” said the daughter, “We’re not giving up.”

Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist and administrator of the “My Stealthy Freedom” Facebook page told ABC news in Australia, “Thisfatwa has received much ridicule on social media. It is absolutely shameful to hear such a backward fatwa against women in the 21st century … it is unacceptable in 2016.

“Women in Iran want to be active in society, but for the clerics, that’s the big threat because in their eyes, women should not be seen nor heard, stuck in the kitchen.”

From the Facebook page 'My Stealthy Freedom'From the Facebook page ‘My Stealthy Freedom’“The fight for equality is a historical process and just in the same way that women succeeded in Europe and the U.S. to win their rights, so will women in Iran,” she added.

Over the summer, Iranian police arrested a group of women who were riding bicycles and forced them to sign a pledge that they would not ride in public again.

When the bicycle was first invented in the mid 19th century, its use by women was similarly opposed by the conservative establishment in the West. Early feminists took to riding the bicycle as a form of protest against strict gender roles. Pamphlets such as “Harmful Effects of the Bicycle Upon the Girl’s Pelvis” were published warning women to stay away from what was regarded as immoral behavior.


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EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is of women defying the ban against cycling in Iran. (Photo: Facebook page ‘My Stealthy Freedom’)

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Iranians ‘harass, make ‘high speed intercept’ of U.S. warship near Strait of Hormuz

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“Iran vessels make ‘high speed intercept’ of U.S. ship: U.S. official,” by Idrees Ali, Reuters, August 24, 2016:

Four of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) vessels “harassed” a U.S. warship on Tuesday near the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. defense official said, amid Washington’s concerns about Iran’s posture in the Gulf and in the Syrian civil war.

The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said on Wednesday that two of the Iranian vessels came within 300 yards of the USS Nitze in an incident that was “unsafe and unprofessional.”

The vessels harassed the destroyer by “conducting a high speed intercept and closing within a short distance of Nitze, despite repeated warnings,” the official said.

IRGC, the Islamic Republic’s praetorian guard, is suspicious of U.S. military activity near Iran’s borders and appears to be sticking to a familiar posture in the Gulf that predates last year’s nuclear accord between Iran and six world powers, including the United States.

The United States and other countries are concerned about Iran’s support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, its ballistic missile program, and its backing for Shiite militias that have abused civilians in Iraq.

The U.S. defense official said that in Tuesday’s incident the USS Nitze tried to communicate with the Iranian vessels 12 times, but received no response. It also fired 10 flares in the direction of two of the Iranian vessels.

“The Iranian high rate of closure… created a dangerous, harassing situation that could have led to further escalation, including additional defensive measures by Nitze,” the official said.

USS Nitze had to change course in order to distance itself from the Iranian vessels, the official said, adding that the incident could have led to a diplomatic protest, but the United States does not have diplomatic relations with Iran….


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